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ABLE Sailing - Final Day

It was a good day on the water for the final day of the ABLE Florida sailing trip. The sun came out in the afternoon, and everyone snorkeled. There were schools of fish all around and good visibility of about 15 to 20 feet. Most everyone is ready to get home and see family, friends, pets, and their own home.




Posted by Lisa Howell in ABLE, Florida, Sailing on Monday December 30, 2019 at 10:35PM
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Cambodia Day 3 - Visits to Tuol Sleng Museum and Tuol Ampil School

David Calamaro shared the following recap of Day 3 of the Cambodia trip:

"Today began with a very sobering but impactful trip to the Tuol Sleng Museum, which was formerly a high school until the Khmer Rouge overtook it in 1975 and turned it into an interrogation and torture facility. While at the museum, we learned in detail about the Cambodian Genocide from Lim, our guide while in Phnom Penh. Lim’s life story includes being conscripted by the …

Posted by Lisa Howell in Service, Cambodia on Monday December 30, 2019 at 09:08AM
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ABLE Sailing - Tough Day for Snorkeling

Our ABLE sailors tried to snorkel at two different reefs today, but the conditions were not conducive. The first location was too rough and there was very limited visibility at the second. Both boats did get to sail and fish outside the reef -- where the big fish live. They managed to catch a bonita that will be on the menu for tonight's dinner. The boats are anchored off of Long Key Bridge tonight and with the weather forecast calling for sunny …

Posted by Lisa Howell in ABLE, Florida, Sailing on Sunday December 29, 2019 at 07:58PM
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Cambodia Day 2 - Touring the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda & National Museum

Day 2 in Cambodia began with a delicious "breakfast with a view" at the hotel.


After breakfast, the group enjoyed a fabulous trip to the the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, each in their own “cyclo,” or bike taxi.


The Royal Palace is the home of the Cambodian King Norodom Sihamono. They toured the grounds and visited the Silver Palace, which is floored completely in 6 tons of silver tiles. There, they viewed the Emerald Buddha and also a life-…

Posted by Lisa Howell in Service, Cambodia on Sunday December 29, 2019 at 10:54AM
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ABLE Sailing - On the Ocean in Florida

ABLE sailors took to the ocean today. Both boats came out of the bay and are ocean sailing inside the reef. That means more wind, more waves, and more work for the person at the helm. Here are some beautiful photos showing both the SeaTrek and Bahama Star in action.



Here's a short video taken from the Bahama Star:


Posted by Lisa Howell in ABLE, Florida, Sailing on Saturday December 28, 2019 at 11:30AM
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The Dragons Have Landed in Cambodia


After two days of travel (they left DV at 6:00 pm on 12/26 and arrived 12:15 pm local time in Cambodia on 12/28), our group of upper school students with David and Allison arrived in Cambodia -- tired but safe and excited for their first day. David Calamaro shared photos and the following update:


We had our first meal in Cambodia at a restaurant where the curry chicken was a big hit. We then visited a Buddhist temple on top of the only hill in …

Posted by Lisa Howell in Service, Cambodia on Saturday December 28, 2019 at 09:26AM
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Hoisting the Sails -- ABLE Florida Sailing 2019

Today, both boats got in some good sailing as they made their way through Biscayne Bay to Pumpkin Key.

The crew of the SeaTrek took turns at the helm.






The crew of the Bahama Star worked on raising the sails -- the white sail is the mainsail and the colorful one is the jibsail.

Looks like a gorgeous day for sailing in sunny Florida!

Posted by Lisa Howell in ABLE, Florida, Sailing on Friday December 27, 2019 at 09:06PM
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2019 Cambodia Trip Begins

Students from Delaware Valley Friends set out yesterday on an amazing culture and service trip to Cambodia. This international travel experience is the school's first to Southeast Asia and is led by Head of School Kirk Smothers with chaperones David Calamaro and Allison Gill. The students left DV yesterday in high spirits and ready for their adventure. Check back to the DV Blog for photos and updates from the trip.

Posted by Lisa Howell in Service, Cambodia on Friday December 27, 2019 at 09:22AM
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ABLE Florida Sailing 2019 Off to a Great Start

DV Students embarked on the annual ABLE sailing trip to Biscayne Bay, Florida yesterday. All arrived safely and settled into their boats. There was a lot of learning today, and so not much time for sailing, but at 4:30 pm, the two boats sailed out of No Name harbor, turned the corner, and dropped anchor for the night. Sam and Maria cooked a nice stir fry for dinner with chicken and a vegetarian option. Sofia brought a menorah and lit the candles…

Posted by Lisa Howell in ABLE, Florida, Sailing on Friday December 27, 2019 at 09:13AM
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8th Grade in DC -- Day 2

Today's visits to the White House and Supreme Court building were inspiring and, thankfully, the weather continued to be sunny and warm. We also enjoyed seeing our friend and former DV teacher Meredith Shinners.

The students were challenged to find one inspiring photo in the National Geographic museum about strong women through history. They shared their inspirations tonight and shared messages of strength, role models, and the idea that you can …

Posted by Lisa Howell in Middle School on Thursday October 24, 2019 at 11:04PM
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